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Directors

 

Dr Keith Howard OBE: Group Chairman

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Founder and Group Board Chairman Dr Keith Howard remains actively involved with the company's strategy and direction.

Keith was for a number of years Chair of Europe's largest Doctoral programme in business and management at Bradford University's School of Management. Read more about Keith Howard.

Richard Bevan: Group CEO

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Richard joined Emerald in 2008 as Group Finance and Operations Director, becoming the Chief Executive in 2010. He has previously held Senior Executive positions at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Asda, and most recently was a member of the Board at Fenwick Stores Limited. Read more about Richard Bevan.


Richard joined Emerald in 2008 as Group Finance and Operations Director, becoming the Chief Executive in 2010. He has previously held Senior Executive positions at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Asda, and most recently was a member of the Board at Fenwick Stores Limited.

His career in retailing included a broad range of commercial, operational and financial roles. An economist and FCMA by training, his real passion is for driving genuine business improvement and sustainable growth, underpinned always by a customer first mentality.

In recent years, Emerald has extended its niche through a combination of organic developments and acquisitions, positioning itself assertively as a global knowledge business that brings research to life. This remains the strategic focus of the Group.

He is married to Liz and together they have two grown-up children, Harriet and George, who are following their respective passions for rock music and marine conservation. Home is in Ilkley, with an abundance of good dog walking and healthy living, including the gym and relaxing to music with a good read. Close

Harriet Bell: Marketing Director

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Harriet joined Emerald in October 2015 as Marketing Director, taking responsibility for the development and delivery of the company’s marketing operations worldwide. Harriet also has responsibility for Emerald's digital product development and oversight of the Business Intelligence function. Read more about Harriet Bell.


Harriet joined Emerald in October 2015 as Marketing Director, taking responsibility for the development and delivery of the company’s marketing operations worldwide. Harriet also has responsibility for Emerald's digital product development and oversight of the Business Intelligence function.

Prior to this, Harriet's 20-year career primarily in scholarly and academic publishing most recently included the role of VP, Journal & Data Solutions at RELX Group.Throughout her career, Harriet has held a number of other senior executive positions in the industry, including Head of Marketing for Scopus and Publisher of TheLancet.com, during which time she has driven a wide range of digital initiatives and product developments to enhance customer experience.

Commenting on her appointment, Harriet said “I am pleased to be part of the company as it looks to further develop solutions for communities in research, practice and education. I look forward to joining talented colleagues on the Board and throughout Emerald.”

Richard Bevan, CEO at Emerald, added: “I am delighted with Harriet’s appointment to the Emerald Board, which we believe will further strengthen the company’s leadership team." Close


Vicky Williams: Group HR Director and CEO Research Media

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Vicky has over 15 years' industry experience in scholarly publishing, and has worked across a wide range of functions – from editorial roles through to new product development, acquisition, business development, and most recently, HR. Read more about Vicky Williams.


Vicky has over 15 years' industry experience in scholarly publishing, and has worked across a wide range of functions – from editorial roles through to new product development, acquisition, business development, and most recently, HR.

Since 2013, she has also headed up Research Media, the Group’s creative agency which works with universities on their outreach strategies.

Vicky studied English and History at Cambridge University, and her Masters in International Business at Leeds Beckett. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures, and the arts. She also champions the Group’s gender diversity initiative, STRIDE, and mentors young women in business both inside and outside of the organization. Close


Simon Cox: Group Finance Director

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Simon joined Emerald Group in 2013. Prior to this, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, specializing in corporate finance whilst working in the UK and Asia-Pacific. Read more about Simon Cox.


Simon joined Emerald Group in 2013. Prior to this, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, specializing in corporate finance whilst working in the UK and Asia-Pacific.

Subsequently he worked for Barclays plc as a Corporate Director, managing a diverse team with over £600m of assets under management, and with Emerald Group as a client where he first got to know the business.

Simon has direct responsibility for group functions including Customer Operations, Finance, Legal and Property & Services.

Simon's focus at Emerald is to provide the appropriate governance framework to support the continued global expansion of Emerald, and to influence the Group’s execution of strategy. In this role, Simon is also the director responsible for leading the Group’s merger & acquisition activity.

Outside of work, Simon has three young (and energetic) children to keep him occupied. He also enjoys mountain biking, watching cricket & rugby and playing music, when he gets the chance! Close


Shariq Mumtaz: Managing Director – Global Sales

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Shariq joined the Board in November 2009 and manages sales operations across the world, expanding Emerald's operations and service offering. Read more about Shariq Mumtaz.

Shariq joined the Board in November 2009 and manages operations in the Middle-East, India, China and the Asia-Pacific region, expanding Emerald's operations and service offering within these markets.

Shariq joined Emerald's sales division in January 2005 and was appointed Regional General Manager for China and India in 2006. Within this role, he set up the company’s operations in China and India and managed the expansion. He has also been instrumental in the agreement of a number of national licensing deals as well as setting up offices in Boston, Brazil, Dubai, Taiwan and Australia. Prior to joining Emerald, Shariq held various senior sales and management positions in retail and on an international arena, managing worldwide sales in the medical supply industry.

Shariq graduated in International Business and Japanese at Liverpool John Moores University and also obtained an MA in International Business in 2009 from Leeds Metropolitan University. Close


Tony Roche, Publishing Director

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Tony joined Emerald from Elsevier in July 2012, where he was Publishing Director for Business and Management Sciences. He is also a Director of Research Media Ltd, following its acquisition by the business in March 2013. Tony endorses a customer-led approach to publishing, ensuring that Emerald’s publishing teams are immersed in the market place, working with customers to shape content with impact on multiple levels. Read more about Tony Roche.


Tony joined Emerald from Elsevier in July 2012, where he was Publishing Director for Business and Management Sciences. He is also a Director of Research Media Ltd, following its acquisition by the business in March 2013. Tony endorses a customer-led approach to publishing, ensuring that Emerald’s publishing teams are immersed in the market place, working with customers to shape content with impact on multiple levels.

During his 19 years within the publishing industry, Tony has developed end-to-end publishing processes for journals, books and online products, led publishing activities for a variety of subject communities, from management to energy and aerospace, and developed award winning publications such as the Journal of Informetrics.

Tony holds an MSc in Quaternary Research. Close


Ernst Kallus, Technology & Programme Director

Ernst joined Emerald in September 2016, bringing with him considerable industry experience and a deep knowledge of current publishing technology. Read more about Ernst Kallus.


Ernst joined Emerald in September 2016, bringing with him considerable industry experience and a deep knowledge of current publishing technology.

Ernst brings considerable industry experience, having held technology leadership positions at both Oxford University Press and Pearson; and, earlier in his career, having spent time with technology service providers specifically working in the academic publishing sector. Ernst has also worked with technology start-ups.

Ernst was formerly Digital Media Director at Oxford University Press and, most recently, Director of Platform Strategy at Pearson.

Richard Bevan, CEO at Emerald, commented: “Ernst is a very experienced publishing professional, working at board level and with a track record of delivering international programmes. He has deep knowledge of current publishing technology and proven skills in digital publishing strategy, change management and complex programme delivery." Close